I'm looking for some advice about Rails hosting. I've looked at:
I'm building a site where users link up with their friends, and
exchange information with them. I'd like for users to be able to
invite their friends to join the site, and for the site to send out an
I found a great deal with Site5 - shared hosting for $5 per month with
5TB of bandwidth. However, my interpretation of their email policy is
that any email not solicited by the recipient is spam, and may lead to
termination of the account.
I'm after advice if this is a common policy among hosting companies,
and whether my plan to send emails as suggested by their friends is
unrealistic. I can see that a user of the site could abuse this
feature to send spam, even if my intentions are honorable. However,
existing sites such as LinkedIn would seem to have the same risk, yet
they do provide this facility.
Any advice is appreciated.
try this page: http://rails.rainbowpurple.com/rails-hosting
Yeah different webhosts have different policies.
I suspect larger webhosts will be more "prone" to these policies. I.e.
they won't care enough when detecting a policy, and may
terminate/suspend your account without prior warning or notice, etc.
Smaller or specialized webhosts, I think, won't be as ruthless. Usually
they'll notice you if they suspect anything, not simply pull the plug.
Some webhosts, like hostingrails.com, that I also use, make a limit of
200 e-mails per hour. This is a nice way of compromise between spam vs.
legit. 4800 e-mails per day isn't gonna make spam companies happy
These webhosts would suggest plugins such as ar_sendmail to send e-mails
in batches to be nice with this limit.
I'd suggest using EngineYard.com if you're serious, check out their
"what do you get" page for info. Their support is also excellent. Tell
them I refer you and you'll get significant discount (e-mail me for
Good luck Chris!